Teaching inner city young men essential gentlemen skills, through a 4-session hands-on and engaging approach, that focuses on manners, proper table etiquette, public speaking skills and how to tie a necktie.
Manners are life skills that children should learn during early childhood development. Equipping them with these skills will further prepare young men for productive futures. With the current state of our society and the lack of positive male role models in the lives of young males, it is evident that these skills have often gone untaught thus leaving our young male population fending for themselves.
Session 1: Act Like A Gentleman- Manners
12 Manners Young Gentlemen Should Practice
Session 2: Dine Like A Gentleman- Proper Table Etiquette
Do’s and Don’ts at the Table
Session 3: Speak Like A Gentleman- Public Speaking
Public Speaking 101
Session 4: Dress Like A Gentleman- How to Tie A Necktie
Style vs Swag
Culminating Event: Formal 3 Course Dinner
The final program will feature a formal 3 course catered meal. Participating students will showcase newly learned skills to family and special guests in attendance. Students will lead the program and serve as hosts for each table. Students will be encouraged to wear business attire including their new necktie compliments of Project M.A.L.E.
The Gentleman Series, an innovative program with a hands-on approach, will foster change in the lives of the participants and empower young men to embody the characteristics of true gentlemen. Our ultimate goal is not only to instill these values into the participants, but to also empower them to teach their families, friends and communities an appreciation of these values as well.
Children are born with a number of innate abilities, but behaving politely is not one and so the duty to teach our young men how to behave is the responsibility of all. Project M.A.L.E. has trained approximately 25 young men in the Gentleman Series and we have established a goal to empower a minimum of 150 young men each year. We are committed to providing these vital skills to this under served population. It is noted that character-based programs help reduce violence, lead to fewer disciplinary referrals, decreases vandalism, improves school attendance and leads to higher academic performance.